Electronic Engineering BEng (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with placement)


January 2017, September 2017

Intermediate awards: CertHE, DipHE


Modern life depends on electronics; from industry to the iPhone, they’re everywhere. In lectures and in our labs, you’ll learn to design, simulate and build a wide variety of electronic systems. This programme is CEng accredited and fulfils the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer when presented with an accredited MSc. In addition, the programme meets the educational requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer. This course has been validated to include an optional Sandwich Placement year in industry.

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For more information about Sandwich Placement opportunities, please contact the Placements Team.

Your course has a new home in Compass House, which has recently been extensively refitted. You’ll have the latest technology at your fingertips and be able to collaborate with other students on innovative projects to hone your skills.

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There is a wide variety of career opportunities, ranging from pure research through product design and development, to industrial and business management. 

You’ll be able to choose from jobs in medical electronics, environmental monitoring, microelectronics, sound technology, biophysics, power, transport, media, engineering, industrial process control, construction and building services, and teaching.

Employers tell us that graduates from this course have just the skills they’re looking for. Our links with industry mean that you could do shared projects with real employers, placements and work experience during your study. You’ll also go on company visits and some lectures are delivered by working engineers.

Throughout the course, we'll help you to think about what you'll do when you graduate. We'll help you with your CV and a personal development plan. You might even get a job offer from one of the companies that we invite to see students' work.

Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. If you’d like to continue your studies we offer a wide range of full-time and part-time postgraduate courses including MSc Electronic and Electrical Engineering.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • Analogue Electronics
    This module introduces you to the analysis and design of analogue electronic circuits. You’ll review the fundamentals of analogue components including resistors, capacitors and inductors, and investigate how simple circuits are designed using these components. Various forms of diodes, transistors and operational amplifiers are introduced, and we’ll explain their equivalent circuit models. You’ll also be introduced to the measurement and analysis tools used in the electronics industry and the operating principles of all circuit elements. Teaching will be through lectures and tutorials, supplemented by practical experiments using both hardware and circuit simulation software. This will enable you to compare actual measured results with theory as well as illustrating the effects of component tolerances. You’ll also get practical experience of the presentation and interpretation of manufacturers' data for real components.
  • Core Technology
    You’ll be provided with a range of activities designed to enhance the basic skills necessary for successful progress on your chosen course. You’ll cover a wealth of subjects which are technology related including physics, electronics and information technology. You’ll also cover the essential aspects of the Personal Development Plan (PDP) which are obligatory within the teaching framework of the faculty. This will include the practice of personal development planning, in the context of your undergraduate studies, and encourage you to start actively planning for your academic and career development.
  • Digital Electronics
    You’ll be introduced to the analysis and design of digital electronic circuits. Our module looks at digital devices and examines the fundamentals of Boolean logic. The different logic gates are explained, and techniques are introduced for generating and simplifying logical expressions using Boolean algebra and Karnaugh maps. You’ll look at practical applications, including the design of fundamental circuits such as decoders, encoders and arithmetic circuits. This is followed by examining how sequential logic techniques allow us to design circuits with memory. Different types of memory are explained, along with their applications. Finally, you’ll examine the design of synchronous and asynchronous counters. You’ll cover the operating principles of all circuit elements by lectures and tutorials, supplemented by practical experiments using both hardware and circuit simulation software.
  • Introduction to PIC Processors
    We'll introduce you to one of the fundamental building blocks of modern electronic systems, the microprocessor, through the widely used PIC family of processors. These small, yet cheap and powerful, devices are the main electronic component in a wide range of modern products from talking teddy bears to motor controllers. Like their big brother computers they are programmable devices capable of a wide variety of tasks. They find widespread application in dedicated systems where the larger more power hungry devices are unsuitable.
  • Mathematics for Technology 1
    This module provides a solid background in mathematical techniques and analysis in order to pursue a degree course in technology or engineering studies. The module will help you to assess your existing mathematical skills and enable you develop your core mathematical skills, knowledge and techniques needed in order to solve elementary scientific and engineering problems.
  • Embedded Systems and Programmable Logic Controllers
    Our module focuses on the design and operational characteristics and internal architecture of Embedded Systems and Programmable Logic Controllers. It examines the signals used and the programming techniques that can be applied to real time systems using C programming and Ladder Logic. It will also provide you with workshop and laboratory skills. You’ll be given the opportunity to develop Real Time embedded Operating system and PLC software in order to solve given engineering problems (for example produce a programme for an engineering application, store, evaluate and justify approaches taken). Our module forms the basis of embedded controllers and PLC controllers to control electrical machines and is a key development of workplace practice and employment. You’ll investigate how to produce applications for PLC and embedded microprocessor module that can monitors inputs and changes outputs using Siemens Ladder logic and Microchip MPLAB IDE compilers. The PLC program can include Boolean logic, counting, timing, complex math operations, and communications with other devices such as wireless GSM or WIFI modules. You’ll be introduced to the principles of microprocessors and give them experience of using and programming a microprocessor system for the operation or control of peripheral devices and PLC. You’ll also be introduced to the terminology (e.g. bits, bytes, words) and concepts related to microprocessor applications. You’ll develop your understanding of the architecture and operation of real time embedded microprocessor-based systems and the use of decimal, binary and hexadecimal number systems, and functions for programming. Successful completion of this module will provide you with a range of knowledge and skills of value to employers with an interest in PLCs and microprocessors programming. You’ll be assessed by coursework and an exam.
  • Computer Modelling
    This module will introduce you to the use of computer tools to solve engineering problems. You'll get a sound understanding of the principles of generating a computer model or solution from a defined specification. We'll introduce you to the MATLAB software package, which allows mathematical expressions to be solved using various command functions and simple software statements as well as the basic ideas of producing plots. You'll also learn the basics of C language as well as discussing fundamental issues like constants, variables, operators, conditional and iterative statements.

Year two, core modules

  • Data Communications
    You’ll gain a thorough understanding of the techniques used to enable computer systems to receive and transmit digitised information in a manner which suits a variety of applications and highlights the limitations of the method(s) used. You’ll be introduced to the binary representation of real-world data and how that data is communicated over distance using cable or wireless media. Networking and packet switching techniques are introduced and expanded to include the latest forms of baseband and broadband distribution and their current implementations such as DAB, Wireless Internet, 3G, GPRS and modern Ethernet.
  • Design Methods and Technology Project
    This module is essentially a mini project where you’ll design some artefact, e.g.: electronic hardware, software, multimedia production, website etc. The management of the project is in itself a core element and you’re expected to produce a formal specification using sound design methods, a time plan and progress indicator. You’ll also be expected to produce a number of alternative designs that meet the specification, select the most appropriate design using recognised techniques and carry out design reviews.
  • Electronic Circuits
    You’ll be introduced to the analysis and design of electronic circuits. You’ll review the fundamentals that relate to analogue and digital circuit design. You’ll be introduced to analogue circuits comprising various amplifier classifications and their theoretical models will be explained for circuit design. The analogue section also includes an introduction to active filters and Bode plots, an essential ingredient for electronic circuit design. The phase lock loop and its applications are also discussed.
  • Mathematics for Technology 2
    Building on the mathematical methods acquired in Mathematics for Technology 1, this module provides essential mathematical knowledge and techniques for the study of engineering and technology-based disciplines. Dimensional analysis provides a tool for checking the validity of equations, whilst linear regression enables the finding of a linear 'best-fit' to data. Numerical techniques for solving equations are explored. Common probability distributions are introduced. Methods for the solution of first and second order differential equations are established and you'll be introduced to Laplace transforms.
  • Microprocessor Systems Design
    You'll develop an in-depth understanding of microprocessor system and its relation to the design of modern digital systems. Hands-on programming and simulation of the operation of a commercial microprocessor are an important part of this module. You'll cover different microprocessor architectures, and core elements like ALU, CU, BIU, memories, caches, pipelines, superscalar architectures, RISC and CISC.

Year two, optional modules

  • Signals and Signal Processing
    A solid understanding of the nature, characteristics and sources of signals is an essential part in any electronics or audio technology course. Here, you’ll gain a broad understand of signals, their sources and how they are processed using analogue and digital techniques. You’ll also gain an insight into how signals are characterised, analysed and filtered, as well as frequency analysis and its application to audio signals.
  • Data Acquisition Systems
    You’ll cover the general principles of measurement and instrumentation, sensors and actuators, signal conditioning and data presentation. You’ll analyse the role of the elements of a computer-based data acquisition system and will give you the ability to specify and evaluate a measurement system for a given application. You’ll design, simulate and test basic data acquisition systems using common sensors and electronic components, in addition to undertaking a review of the measurement techniques for specific industrial applications. You’ll be introduced to virtual instruments based on a practical approach. You’ll develop hands on skills in basic system simulations and measurements. The principles of the data acquisition are covered in lectures and tutorials. The practical experiments use both simulation software and hardware, enabling you to compare actual measured results with theory. The practical work will also give you the experience of choosing the appropriate components in terms of sensors, signal conditioning circuits, data analysis and display, and enables them to compare the limitations of the laboratory techniques and instruments with the acquisition systems modelled in virtual instrument industry-standard packages. Successful completion of this module will provide a range of knowledge and skills of value to employers with an interest in sensors and instrumentation. You’ll be assessed by coursework and exam.

Year three, core modules

  • Digital Systems and Power Control
    You’ll build on the previous knowledge of electronic principles, digital and analogue electronics. You’ll be provided with a review of digital electronic systems along with their design philosophy in the light of using modern Electronic Computer Aided Design (ECAD) tools for design, simulation and implementation. We'll present Algorithmic State Machines (ASMs) analysis, design and implementation techniques, as well as covering some control applications to power converters, including renewable energy.
  • Microelectronic Systems Design
    This module will help you to develop Electronic System Design skills by theoretical analysis and case studies, which use industry standard software tools. You'll build on the knowledge gained from previous modules concerned with electronics. It provides a review of the design philosophy in light of using modern Electronic Computer Aided Design (ECAD) tools for design, simulation and implementation of complex electronic circuits. Programmable Logic Devices (PLDs), Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) and Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) are briefly reviewed, along modern embedded electronic system platforms, such as ARM architectures, soft and hard cores.
  • Signals and Control Systems
    Discover the underlying unity of apparently different physical systems, such as electrical, thermal, mechanical, fluid, chemical and biological. You’ll develop the concept of the system model and use the method of analogy. You’ll focus on simple lumped parameter models with particular attention on instrumentation and control systems.
  • Final Project
    You’ll engage in a substantial piece of individual research and/or product development work, focused on a topic relevant to your specific discipline. The topic may be drawn from a variety of sources including: Anglia Ruskin research groups, previous/current work experience, the company in which you are currently employed, an Anglia Ruskin lecturer suggested topic or a professional subject of their specific interest (if suitable supervision is available).
  • Digital Signal Processing
    Fundamental to the understanding of digital signal processing is a sound working knowledge of the mathematical principles which underpin the subject. Also a good understanding of the algorithms which are available for implementing digital signal processing techniques which include digital filtering and spectral analysis methods. You’ll therefore be provided with a working maths framework to enable you to understand how digital signal processing techniques can be implemented in commercial digital systems.


We’ll assess you throughout the course to measure your progress. Besides exams and essays, there’ll be reports, logbooks, presentations, posters, interviews, and work resulting from practical classes.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate. 

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Where can I study?

Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Additional study information


This course gives you the opportunity to take a work placement year between years 2 and 3 of your studies. You’ll get experience of seeking and securing a job and working in an industry relating to your course. You’ll also get the practical experience and industry contacts to benefit your studies and enhance your long-term career prospects.

Although they can’t be guaranteed, we can work with you to find a placement using our contacts with a large number of employers. You’ll have regular contact with one of our course tutors and be supported by a supervisor from your placement company. Together they’ll monitor your performance and give you feedback.

To find out more about placement opportunities, email us at FST-Placements@anglia.ac.uk.

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year)


International students, 2016/17 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year)


International students, 2017/18 (per year)


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For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages

How do I pay my fees?

Tuition fee loan

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Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.

How to apply for a tuition fee loan

Paying upfront

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If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees
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Funding for UK & EU students

We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.

Grants and scholarships are available for:

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Funding for international students

We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email answers@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

All tariff points must come from A levels. Points from AS levels cannot be counted towards the total tariff points required for entry to this course.

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International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.

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Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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